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ISA: Relief in Shetland, but More Tests to Come

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SCOTLAND, UK - Shetland's salmon farming industry yesterday expressed relief after government scientists confirmed that they had traced no new cases of Infectious Salmon Anaemia (ISA).

Earlier this month, the news that the ISA virus was confirmed on a salmon farm had sent shock waves through the industry, wrote Hans J Marter in Shetland Marine News.

Ten years ago, he continued, a massive ISA outbreak in Shetland, Orkney and the west of Scotland costs hundreds of jobs and millions of pounds.

Yesterday (Thursday) scientists from the Aberdeen Marine Lab and government's marine management team met with industry representatives at the NAFC Marine Centre, in Scalloway.

According to Shetland Marine News, they told the industry that the ISA virus had not been confirmed on the two sites that were suspected of carrying it.

After the meeting David Sandison, the general manager of trades body Shetland Aquaculture, said the developments were re-assuring, but further tests had still to be carried out.

Further Reading

- For more information on ISA, view The Global Spread of Infectios Salmon Anaemia by clicking here.
- Alternatively, go to our previous news item on this story by clicking here.
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